Preparation of manuscript


In case of manuscripts other than original it is permitted to have deviations shown in the below layout and content of the main text and the structured abstract.

In case of reports, book reviews and letters to the Editor abstracts are not attached.


  • A4 format
  • recommended software – Word for Windows
  • font – Times New Roman 12 pt.
  • Leading: 2,0
  • Margins: 2,5 cm
  • text without division of words at the end of the line
  • pages should be numbered in the lower right corner, justified text


  • Title of the manuscript in Polish and English, up to 200 characters, without distinction with capital letters, without a point at the end of the title, centred
  • Names of authors with the following markings in superscript:

digit – affiliation (letters) – clearly defined contribution of individual authors in preparation of the manuscript: A – conception and preparation of the research project, B – performance of diagnostic analyses, data collection, C – Statistical analysis, D – Data interpretation, E – Preparation of manuscript, F – Preparation of literature, G – Obtaining funds, * – Author for correspondence.

e.g. Anna Kowalska * 1 (AG) , Tomasz Nowak 2 (A, C, D)

  • Affiliations
  • Author for correspondence: name (without degrees and titles), unit, address, phone, e-mail


Structural – 200 up to 250 words  (no more than 150 words for short communications, case reports) in Polish and English, without the use of abbreviations.

Texts of structured abstracts should be divided into:

  • Introduction.
  • Purpose of manuscript.
  • Material and Methods.
  • Results.
  • Conclusions.
  • Keywords:

3-6 keywords, Medical Subject Headings, MeSH must be used that are listed in the Index Medicus

In the absence of relevant terms in the MeSH for the names recently introduced current terms can be used.


Text is divided into:


INTRODUCTION should constitute an introduction to the subject of research and manuscript, include assumptions/hypotheses and aim.

MATERIAL AND METHODS – methods used in research and statistical methods used in the analysis of data results should be described in a concise and unambiguous way.

The manuscript should use metric units (SI).

Standard abbreviations that should be defined at their first mention in the text should be used.

Abbreviations are used only when the term is used repeatedly, and its abbreviation is easier for the Reader to read.



  • tables must be placed in the text of the manuscript near their references and additionally must be sent in separate files, apart from the text, including titles and legends, sequentially numbered
  • tables must use leading 1
  • font:
  • font – Times New Roman 8-12 pt.
  • Do not use colours or shading in tables
  • All abbreviations should be explained immediately below the table (font: Times New Roman 8 pt.)
  • values placed in tables must be rounded to two decimal places
  • titles of headings in tables, except for the first letter, must be written in small letters
  • titles of tables finished with points should be placed directly above the table
  • g. Table 1.
  • Body composition analysis.

Drawings, diagrams, photographs

  • All abbreviations should be explained immediately below the drawing (font: Times New Roman 8 pt.)
  • Titles of drawings finished with points should be placed under drawings, e.g. Drawing 1. Krebs Cycle scheme.
  • illustrative material should be prepared in high resolution: photos – in “jpg” format, vector graphics – Adobe Illustrator files, charts and diagrams – MS Excel files


Do not use numbering of applications.

  • Sources of financial support – information about the name of a sponsor or an institution and a grant number must be placed before references.


  • Keep to a minimum by selecting the newest items.
  • It is recommended to use publications that meet the requirements of evidence-based medicine.
  • Avoid citation of abstracts and unpublished information (i.e. own information, oral reports, etc.) cannot serve as a source of citation.
  • Always observe bibliographic principles known as the Vancouver System of Bibliographic Referencing.
  • References should include only items cited in the text, in which they are marked with consecutive numbers according to the order of appearance in the text.
  • Papers cited in the text, tables and descriptions of drawings should be marked with consecutive Arabic numerals in square brackets, for example. [1], [6.13].
  • A list of references should be placed at the end of the manuscript, in the order of cited items corresponding to their occurrence in the text.
  • Each item in the list of references should be marked with the next sequential number marked with an Arabic numeral ending with a point.
  • In the list of publications only the first 3 Authors should be mentioned giving their names and initials (using commas after the initials).
  • If there are more Authors, after those first 3 Authors the “et al.” or “i wsp.” abbreviations should be included.
  • (depending on the language of publication)
  • The reported abbreviations of titles of journals must comply with abbreviations in the Index Medicus; they should be written in italics, without dots.
  • After the title of the journal there should be given in sequence: year; volume (number): pages.

e.g.: Now Lek 1992;34(6): 91–8.


Article in a journal:

  1. Bednarowska A., Bińkowska M., Dębski R.: Treatment of endometriosis – current status and new trends in therapy. Ginekol Dipl 2006; 8: 22-6.
  2. Kuusniemi A.M., Merenmies J., Lahdenkari A.T., et al.: Glomerular sclerosis in kidneys with congenital nephrotic syndrome (NPHS1). Kidney Int 2006;70: 1423-31.

Article in which an organization exists as an author

  1. Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group: Hypertension, insulin and proinsulin in participants with impaired glucose tolerance. Hypertension 2002;40: 679-86.

No author article

  1. Cancer in South Africa. S Afr Med J 1994;84:15.

Article in a supplement to the journal

  1. Shen H.M., Zhang Q.F.: Risk assessment of nickel carcinogenity and occupational lung cancer. Environ Health Perspect 1994;102(Suppl 1): 275-82.

Article in a supplement to an issue of the journal

  1. Payne D.K., Sullivan M.D., Massie M.J.: Women’s psychological reactions to breast cancer. Semin Oncol 1996;23(1 Suppl 2): 89-97.

Article in an electronic journal

  1. Tutaj M., Szczepanik M.: Mechanisms involved in the regulation of immune response in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis in mice. Post Hig [online]. 2006;60: 571-83. [viewed: 12.02.2014].

Available in:

Printed book

  1. Fleischer M., Bober-Gheek B.: Fundamentals of epidemiological nursing. Ed. 2 emendations and supplement Wrocław: Publishing house Medyczne Urban i Partner; 2006.

Book edited by

  1. Traczyk W. Z., (red.): Functional diagnostics of human: applied physiology. Warszawa: Publishing house Lekarskie PZWL; 1999.

Book in an electronic version edited by

  1. Cybulski M., Strzelecki W., (red.): Psychology in medical science. [CD]. Poznań: Karol Marcinkowski University of Medical Sciences in Poznań; 2010.

Book is available online

  1. Mauss S., (ed.), et al.: Hepatology 2014: a clinical textbook. [online]. 5th ed. Flying Publisher; 2014. [viewed 02.14.2014].

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